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33 Thank Yous

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Well, it’s that time of year again to give Thanks here in the States and to also celebrate ThanksforgivingAmyDay.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I wanted to give thanks to those that have supported me this season.  Without the help of everyone on this list below this season would not have been possible or successful as it was.   I wrote this last year on my blog as well and since I am turning 33 (trying to hold back the tears) this month I have 33 thank yous to give out this time around!

So here goes…in no particular order.

1- Family- For everything.

2- The Bike Boutique- For being our title sponsor.

3- First Endurance- For all my nutrition needs.

4- Dr. Seller’s Performance Wellness- For his ART techniques that keep me injury free.

5- Cervelo- For the fastest bike out there.

6- Token Wheels- Most durable wheels I’ve owned as they survived multiple crashes while in Switzerland.

7- Austin TriCyclist- Our local shop when we’re not traveling the world.

8- Avia Shoes- Comfy shoes to keep me running all those miles.

9- Blue Seventy- For the fastest and most comfortable wetsuit I’ve ever owned.

10- Performance Wellness Massage Therapists- For keeping my body feeling fresh for all my races.

11- Brandon- For his love and support.  Awww…

12- ISM Saddles- For making a saddle so comfortable that I never want to get off my bike.

13- Rogue Running- For being our running shop in Austin.  Also, allowing us to coach an 8-week triathlon group while we were in town.

14- 3T- Comfortable handle bars that make me want to ride aero for hours on end.

15- Doc- For putting up with me, his wonderful wisdom and of course his bluntness.

16- Teammates- For pushing me to my limits in training everyday.  Best training partners I could ask for.

17- Longhorn Masters- Toughest swim program in Austin, Tx and fun group of swimmers.

18- Homestays: For opening your homes to us.

19- Loyal Blog and Forum Readers- Your continued support through tweets, facebook, and e-mails always puts a smile on my face.

20- Alex Bok- For all his hard work in making TeamTBB possible.

21- Louis Garneau- For keeping my head protected when unfortunate crashes happen and of course the most comfortable bike shoes that I could where almost anywhere.

22- Friends- Near and far.  Thank you for your encouragement and support throughout the season.

23- George, Brad, and Austin- Best bike mechanics in Austin and yes, I need three of them because my bike gets that dirty!

24- Rev3 Tri- For providing a fun race series that the whole family can enjoy.

25- Volunteers- Without all of you none of these races/events could happen.

26- Finishline Multisport- For interviews and race photos throughout the season.

27- WTC- For so many races to choose from across the world.

28- Race Directors- For working day and night to make sure everything runs smoothly race day.

29- Austin, Texas- Most supportive community in the U.S.

30- Hospital in Monthey Switzerland- For taking such good care of me when I crashed and had know idea where I was.

31- Village of Leysin- For putting up with all the crazy triathletes taking over their village for a few months.

32- Tawantai Hotel- For making TeamTbb feel welcome while being so far away from home.

33- Big Guy in the Sky- Thank You!

So thank you everyone for a great 2010 season.  Looking forward to an even better 2011.

Amica 19.7

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Finally a blog.  Once again it’s been way too long.

So, after Hawaii Doc told me to find a fun short race to do to finish up the season.  I think Doc’s idea of “short” is a 70.3 or an Olympic distance race.  However, I found one even shorter…a 19.7 in Phoenix, Arizona!  That’s right a 750 swim, 16.1 mile bike and a 3.1 mile run.  I was finally warmed up for the race just as I finished!

I thought Arizona was flat but I was wrong.  Way wrong.  This was a challenging bike and run course.  You were either going up or down the whole time.  It would be cool to have a longer distance race at this venue as this was a difficult and honest course!

Although I came away with the win, I don’t think I’ll be making the switch to ITU any time soon:)

Check out a couple of links from Xtri and Triathlete Magazine.